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Cayin iHA-6 - US Tour and reviews

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by project86, Feb 7, 2016.
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  1. tvnosaint
    The slight brightness of the amp was cured by changing tubes in my dac. No 6922 did that trick. I added adapters and 5670s. A huge improvement to overall tone and soundstage . No fatigue on my treble sensitive ears now. Everything seemed to slow down. Beautiful clarity maintained. Loving the iha6 with the zmf or the he560. It is an amazing upgrade from my previous amps. Anyone with a tube based dac that implements the 5670 series should give the iha6 an audition.
  2. project86 Contributor
    Which DAC are you talking about, just out of curiosity?
  3. tvnosaint
    I'm using a monarchy nm24.
  4. elNan

    I've been saving my pennies to buy a balanced solid state amplifier. Until the announcement of the new Massdrop/Cavalli Liquid Carbon X, I was aiming for the Cayin iHA6 amp, right now I'm undecided. Has anyone had the chance of listening to these 2 units (in the case of the Cavalli, the original Liquid Carbon 2.0)? What are your general impressions? How do they stack up against each other?

    Any insight would be really appreciated! :)
  5. Maru10
    Depends on the phones. I have original Carbon 1 in my gaming rig with Beyer 880, loving the combo. For anything planar I like cayins offering, regardless whether HE1000, HEX or HE560. I'd drawn the line here. Feel free to ask for more details!
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  6. elNan
    Thanks for your answer! I will be using the amplifier with my HD800S, HD650 and Foxtex TXH00 PH (dettachable cable mod) headphones. Mainly, I'm looking for a good pairing for my HD800s and HD650s. I tend to like a (mostly) balanced and detailed sound with a little bit of warmth and good soundstage.
  7. Maru10
    As strange as it might sound, i have never listened to any of those two phones (I tend to avoid senss as a plague since my disappointing experience with HD555s -talk about superstition:) ). So I can't actually help you with this, sorry. That being said, and as much as I love IHA6, for 300 bucks the Carbon sounds like a good purchase, purely from price/performance point of view. You can always decide to switch later, and Carbons tend to hold the resale value well (or at least used to, lets see what thus this ridiculous dumping price offer of massdrop does wit that :) ). Maybe someone else could offer more personal experience with Carbon and senns at dedicated senns or carbon thread?

    Anyway, good luck and enjoy anything you choose!
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  8. alphanumerix1
    This is looking to be my next amp and if i can find one at that price locally thats sound good to me.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2017
  9. alphanumerix1

    Sorry if this has been answered the search function is horrible.

    Whats the power output at 300,600ohm

    On se and balanced?
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2017
  10. project86 Contributor
    Breaking news - the iHA-6 and iDAC-6 just received price cuts, dropping the prices from $999 each to $699 each. See info HERE.

    Both devices were great buys at the original prices. At the new $699.... I can't think of anything else I'd recommend in their place.
  11. Levanter
    Their price has been listed at $640-679 for quite a while now in eBay and AliExpress.
  12. TSAVJason
    Those are modified units with no warranty. Be careful out there guys!!
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  13. project86 Contributor
    Yes, that's what we call "gray market" (or "grey market" depending on the local spelling in your region). No after sales support and good luck with warranty.

    Worth it? Maybe when the real thing sold for so much more, it might be something to consider if you absolutely HAD to have the product but couldn't afford it any other way. But not any more due to the price drops through official dealers.
  14. alphanumerix1
    Thats great and super competitive now! I want to pull the trigger and buy this but cant find any info on power output at 300ohm and 600ohm @Andykong
  15. Levanter
    I'm not from US, and using 230/240v so shouldn't be a modified version for me. And where I am from, unfortunately there is no official retailer for Cayin iHA-6 so the only source is through online...
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